In this adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s bestselling children’s novel of the same name, breakout star Jacob Tremblay (Room) delivers a masterful performance as Auggie Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity who tries to fit in at a new school. Philosophical about the stares and bullying meted out by his peers, Auggie is determined to persuade his taunting schoolmates that the old adage ‘beauty is only skin deep’ remains true, while his fiercely supportive parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson in standout performances) do their utmost to ease his difficult passage through fifth grade and beyond. Well versed in the subtleties of youth-based emotional drama, director Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) does a fine job empathising with Auggie’s dilemma, but ultimately it’s Tremblay’s film.

General admission screenings

Mon 18th Dec

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